Mike Nesbitt is appointed as Northern Ireland’s new Minister of Health

Ulster Unionist MLA Mike Nesbitt has been appointed as Northern Ireland's new Minister of Health, after Robin Swann stepped down to focus on campaigning for the upcoming general election.
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Mike Nesbitt has been appointed as Health Minister in the Northern Ireland Executive.

The former UUP leader has served as Private Secretary to the Health Secretary since April in preparation for him taking on the ministerial job.

Robin Swann has left the Executive to focus on campaigning in the upcoming general election.

He was selected by Ulster Unionist leader Doug Beattie to run in South Antrim.

Swann, and the rest of the UUP, voted against the budget that was passed in the Northern Ireland Assembly today, saying that it would cause “irreparaible damage” to the health service.

Speaking to the media in Belfast, Health Minister Mike Nesbitt said it was “the political honour of my life to have the opportunity to follow Robin Swann into the role and it’s certainly the ultimate political challenge of my life to take up as Health Minister at this time.”

Mike Nesbitt affirms the pledge of office in the Speaker’s Office to become Health Minister.

Nesbitt served as the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party from 2012 until 2017, and has been an MLA for Strangford since 2011.

This is his first ministerial appointment, but has served as the UUP’s Econony Spokesperson, and on the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

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